Spurs top Kings for 11th straight win
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Manu Ginobili scored 16 of his 31 points in
the fourth quarter, as the Spurs ran their winning streak to 11 by topping
Sacramento, 100-93, at ARCO Arena.
Tim Duncan was strong with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Tony Parker ended
with 15 points, which included an acrobatic shot late in the final quarter.
This is the longest winning streak for the Spurs since they closed the 2003-04
campaign with 11 consecutive victories. The team record winning string is 17,
held by the 1995-96 squad.
Kevin Martin tallied 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who also got 21
from Corliss Williamson and 12 from Mike Bibby. However, Sacramento was sloppy
in the last few minutes, losing a slim lead with a series of turnovers, and
the Kings had their four-game winning streak broken.
Bibby’s three-point shot had the Kings ahead 86-85 with 3:35 left, but Parker
drove the lane for a layup. Then, after a missed shot by Brad Miller, Parker
threw up the ball while falling down along the right baseline as he was fouled
by Williamson. The ball somehow found its way into the basket.
Even though Parker missed the ensuing foul shot, the Kings continued to
stumble. Martin committed a turnover, but after Parker missed, Martin couldn’t
connect on a layup.
The Spurs went 9-of-10 from the free throw line in the final 1:50.
The Spurs held a 25-19 lead after the opening quarter and were in front 48-44
at the half. It remained tight throughout the third with the visitors claiming
a 65-61 margin going into the fourth. Matt Bonner nailed a three for the Spurs
to represent the final points of the third.
The Spurs just concluded a four-game road trip and will host New Jersey
Saturday night…Five of San Antonio’s next six games are at home…The Spurs
have won seven of the last eight meetings versus the Kings, including a
3-0 mark this season and four consecutive victories at ARCO Arena…The Spurs
are 24-10 on the road…Ginobili went 5-of-9 from three-point range.